There are a lot of allusions made to Nabakov’s “Lolita” with “The Crush.” Whether intentional or not, it’s interesting how the film parallels certain themes and scenes. When Nick decides to move in to a sort of run down house as he prepares to begin a new job at a magazine, his first look at fourteen year old stunner Adrian is almost beat for beat when Professor Humbert sees young Dolores for the first time. Rather than walking in on her in her yard, she’s in short shorts, a tee, and rollerblades. When we see Adrian, she’s dressed in about the kind of seductive attire she craftily saunters around in as a mode of luring in potential mates, and Nick is hooked.
Except unlike Humbert, he gains something of an awareness of what trouble he’s walking in to, as Adrian literally begins throwing herself at him. She shows up in his room while he’s showering, and does little to deflect sexual come ons and innuendo she’s not shy about giving him. By the time Nick realizes Adrian has taken their sexually playful relationship one step too far, he becomes his own worst enemy and digs himself in to a massive hole that seems inescapable by the finale.
“The Crush” is a very good look at the destruction of a simple man thanks to the wiles of a young girl, particularly a young Alicia Silverstone. Silverstone gives a very good performance, and handles her sexuality with pitch perfect precision making it an alluring trait, and a remarkable weapon that only hampers every and any attempt Nick makes to push her out of his life for good. Though its never explored outright, Nick almost finds the come ons and aggression by Adrian charming and even erotic.
One scene involving a botched attempt to steal back picture from her room that turns in to a strip tease clearly indicates Nick isn’t completely troubled by her fixation on him. Only when people begin getting seriously injured and nearly killed by Adrian’s manipulation and smart staging of events does Nick eventually have to ensure that he ends her obsession before it becomes all too fatal. “The Crush” is a solid thriller filled with strong turns by Cary Elwes and Alicia Silverstone. It’s also one of the stronger thrillers cut out of the cloth of “Fatal Attraction.”
The Blu-Ray release from Scream Factory includes the two minute theatrical trailer for the film, and a thirty second TV spot. There’s an audio commentary with writer and director Alan Shapiro who is joined by Mondo Digital’s Nathaniel Thompson. The pair of hosts trade questions with one another, and Shapiro discusses changing Silverstone’s characters name from Darian to Adrian.
If you watch the original trailer, you can hear Elwes calls the character Darian. “The Doting Father” is a ten minute interview with legendary character actor Kurtwood Smith, who plays Adrian’s father in the film. He discusses his large career and his experience working with Silverstone. “Stung by Love – An Interview with Jennifer Rubin” is a brand new thirteen minute sit down with with actress Jennifer Rubin who discusses how she was hired for the movie, and filming the infamous wasp sequence.